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Play Everywhere Challenge

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Grant Applications are Due May 31
KaBOOM! is excited to announce the launch of the Play Everywhere Challenge, a national competition that will award $1 million in prizes for the best ideas that make cities more playable for kids and families.
The Challenge is open to anyone with an idea for creating playful moments in unexpected places – from sidewalks to vacant lots, bus stops to open streets.
For more information and to submit your idea, visit playeverywhere.kaboom.org

Grants and Community Recreation Program – 2017 Awards Now Open

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The Grants and Community Recreation Program within the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is pleased to announce that the application period is now officially open for the 2017 grant awards.
LWCFThe Land and Water Conservation Fund was established to assist federal, state and local governments in the acquisition and/or development of public outdoor recreation facilities. The funding can provide up to 50% of the allowable costs for approved acquisition or development projects for public outdoor recreation.
To learn more about the current LWCF program, to view the updated application materials, or to find contact information for the program manager, please visit the Maine LWCF grant website.

How to make Lewiston-Auburn safer for crossing the street (L/A Sun Journal)

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This article originally appeared on sunjournal.com

Amanda Cullen, Staff Writer
Lewiston-Auburn | Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:32 pm
LEWISTON — More sidewalks and better bike paths were among the solutions to problems with pedestrian travel offered by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Maine Safe Routes to School on Tuesday.
Organizers Abby King, Darcy Whittemore, Craig Saddlemire and Chrissy Adamowicz presented the main issues of biking and walking, especially for children, in Lewiston-Auburn.
With five elementary schools and a middle school, a high percentage of students live within a mile of their schools, and could easily walk or bike to school, especially in the warmer months. Unfortunately, the less-than-adequate pedestrian paths hold many people back.
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Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) – Transportation Alternatives Program

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The MaineDOT funds large comprehensive road projects that can include bicycle and pedestrian elements like bike lanes and crosswalks through a variety of state and federal sources. But MaineDOT funding for stand-alone bicycle and pedestrian project like a separate sidewalk construction project or multi-use trail are funded differently. These projects are funded by MaineDOT using federal dollars through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). TAP funding is available to municipalities or groups of municipalities for planning or construction of local projects. Applications are taken on a rolling basis.
MaineDOT’s webpage outlines the process communities use to apply for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure project funding through TAP.

  • This program assists with funding sidewalks, pedestrian crossing improvements, off-road transportation- related trails, downtown transportation improvements, etc.
  • The goal of this program is to improve transportation and safety, and promote economic development.
  • MaineDOT receives about $2.3 million in federal funds annually for this program for the entire state.  Each project has a 20% local match requirement.

 

Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Program

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Each year the State of Maine Office of Community Development receives funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be distributed to eligible Maine communities under the Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Program. Some of these funds can be used for physical infrastructure safety improvements such as building sidewalks and other quality of place facilities.Contact local municipal staff to learn more about application deadlines. FMI: Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Program 
CBDG Program Categories:

  • Downtown Revitalization Program – includes sidewalks
  • Public Facilities – includes parks and recreation facilities
  • Public Infrastructure – includes streets, roads and sidewalks, curbs and gutters
  • Maine Downtown Center Assistance – includes planning, capacity building, technical assistance and administration directly related to furthering the Maine Downtown Center’s objectives in building vibrant, sustainable Maine downtowns
  • Economic Development Program – includes streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, etc. owned by the municipality or public or private utility and where improvements would support of an identified business which will create or retain jobs in the non-retail sector for low and moderate income persons.

For infrastructure improvement projects in Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and anywhere else in Cumberland County (with the exception of Baldwin, Brunswick, Casco and Frye Island) – these areas have a local CBDG funding process.
Letter of Intent Deadlines Vary by program. For More Information see the CDBD Program Statement

Regional Councils of Government (COGs)

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All organized towns in Maine are part of a Council of Governments, or COG. COGs also serve as the Regional Planning Organizations for their member towns. These regional entities can sometimes provide funding or technical assistance to municipalities that want to create a bike/ped plan or another type of plan that involves community and/or economic development. Contact the staff at your Council of Government to find out what services or funding they might have available to help plan or construct a bicycle, pedestrian, or other transportation facility.

Municipal Planning Organizations (MPOs)

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  • Maine’s four urbanized areas (Portland area, Bangor area, Kittery area, and greater Lewiston-Auburn) are part of Metropolitan Planning Organizations or MPOs.
  • If your community is part of the MPO region it is eligible for planning and construction money through that entity.
  • Municipalities that are part of an MPO can apply to that entity for planning or construction funding.
  • This does not exclude them from applying directly to the MaineDOT for the programs listed in that section.
  • If a municipality applies for funding through the MPO and is accepted, that project will appear on the following year’s Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), which dictates how they will fund projects within their jurisdiction.

Mayor Brennan Accepts U.S. Transportation Secretary's Challenge

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Portland Mayor Michael Brennan recently accepted the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s ‘Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets’ effort, which challenges city leaders to raise the bar for bicyclist and pedestrian safety.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine brought together partners from the Federal Highway Administration, The City of Portland, and the Portland Bike/Ped Advisory Committee to work together on the Mayor’s Challenge. We will be serving on the Mayor’s Challenge Team where we will be focused on helping make the City’s Complete Streets Policy vision a reality.

Click Here to Read the City of Portland’ Press Release

Public Comment on Bangor Waterfront Master Plan

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Summary Statement
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide organization working to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. We support the creation of well-designed bicycle and pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks, crosswalks, multi-use paths, and bike lanes, wherever possible. Most bike bike riders and walkers prefer using facilities that provide some measure of separation from cars.  These types of facilities lead to an increase in trips made on bike or foot, and therefore improve safety.
Project Comments
These conceptual plans provide a vision of a nicer concert venue and some improvements to pedestrian amenities.  I like the conversion of Railroad Street into a woonerf, although I do wonder if it will fly, as that road seems to be the primary route to the parking lot down by the river.  (Maybe that lot should also come out and be converted into greenspace. . . ?)
I could not find a single reference to “bicycles” anywhere in the plan, and barely any reference to pedestrians.  Ease of access to the site for walkers and bicyclists is not mentioned in any of the project critera (p. 18), although it is implicit that pedestrians are being considered in the woonerf, wayfinding, and pathways in the conceptual design.  I think that the designers should be asked what they are doing to accommodate persons riding bikes to the concert venue, and to the Park in general.  Will the wayfinding extend beyond the immediate area of the concert venue?  
As for bike facilities that I would suggest being included in this project:

  1. Covered bike parking at convenient locations to supplement the existing 14 should be considered.  (The locations of those existing racks should be reviewed, too–are they in good spots?  are they getting used?  Maybe a work station, too?
  1. Main pathways in the park should designed at 10-12 ft widths to accommodate shared use.
  1. Bike lanes should be considered for Rt 202/Main Street, which is currently 5 lanes wide (two travel lanes with a center turn).  Does the AADT really require that much capacity?  Or perhaps a multi use side path, 12 feet wide, running on the park side of Main Street from Tim Horton’s to RR street, which would also provide improved capacity for the ped bridge over the tracks?  

Public Comment from Jim Tasse, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Reference File: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5oobu86p645ihbf/BWF_Master%20Plan_Final_revised.pdf?dl=0